MAH-CET Eligibility Criteria 2025

The Common Entrance Test Cell of Maharashtra will soon declare the MAH-CET Eligibility Criteria on its official website. Before applying for MAH CET 2025, you must go through its educational requirements, age limits, and other conditions. In this article, you will learn about MAH-CET eligibility in detail.
MAH CET 2025
Maharashtra State Universities and its affiliated institutions accept MAH CET (also known as MBA/MMS CET) for admission to their MBA/MMS courses. MAH-CET is a computer-based test with centres in around 50 cities of India. The State Common Entrance Test Cell, Maharashtra holds the responsibility of conducting the MAH-CET exam. This exam is a route to 300+ prestigious institutes, like JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA, K J Somaiya, N L Dalmiya, DSIMS, and more.
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MAH-CET Eligibility Criteria 2025: General Requirements
Given below are the common rules that form MBA CET eligibility criteria for both State and All-India candidates:
  1. Applicants must be citizens of India.
  2. Candidates must have passed a minimum 3-year duration bachelor’s degree awarded by any of the Universities recognized by the University Grants Commission or Association of Indian Universities. 
  3. Additionally, General category candidates must have a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent in any discipline. 
  4. In the case of in case of candidates of backward class categories and Persons with Disability belonging to Maharashtra State only, a minimum of at least 45% or its equivalent is required.
  5. If the candidate has appeared for the final year examination of any Bachelor's degree to be awarded by any of the Universities which is recognised by the University Grants Commission or Association of Indian Universities in any discipline they too are eligible to take the MAH-CET entrance exam.
  6. Even if you are the final year student of a Graduate Course (10+2+3) and if the result will be declared before the beginning of the admission for the academic year 2025-27, then you can also apply for MAH CET MBA/MMS 2025 online exam. 
  7. However, if you are awarded grades/CGPA in the place of marks, the grades/CGPA will be converted to a percentage based on the procedure certified by the University or institution from where you have obtained your bachelor's degree. Keep in mind that the percentage of marks shall be calculated by rounding off to two places after the decimal.
  8. There is no age limit for MAH-CET applicants
NOTE: Candidates belonging to the All-India category can also seek admission to Maharashtra B-schools via CAT and other national-level MBA entrance tests.
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MAH-CET Eligibility Criteria 2025: Requirements for Maharashtra State (MS) Candidates
Registering and applying for the MAH-CET exam in 2025 as an MS candidate will open you up to many more opportunities and options in regard to the top MBA colleges in the state of Maharashtra. So, you must know the type of candidature you fall in with respect to MS category. MAH CET MBA eligibility criteria can appear a bit complicated, so we have simplified the guidelines below:
MS candidate: Type 1
A Maharashtra Candidate is any aspirant who has passed the HSC and qualifying examination from the state of Maharashtra. If an applicant did not pass the HSC but passed a Diploma in Engineering / Technology / Pharmacy or any other qualifying examination from Maharashtra, they will also be termed as Maharashtra State Candidate.
MS Candidate: Type 2
If you or either one of your parents has a domicile in the State of Maharashtra, you are eligible for a Maharashtra State Candidature. Even if you haven't studied in Maharashtra or were not born there, you will count as an MS Candidate if you meet any three of the criteria stated. 
MS Candidate: Type 3
An applicant is an MS candidate if either one of their parents is an employee of the Government of India or its undertaking. Even if either the candidate's mother or father reports to duty in Maharashtra before the last date for submitting the MAH-CET application, the candidate will get the full benefit and be an MS candidate.
Applicants should also be aware that if their mother or father are past employees of the Government of Maharashtra or its undertaking, they will still be an MS candidate. Such employees rarely have posting out of the State, but if they have a posting in any other State or are on deputation to some other departments, the ward will still remain a Maharashtra State candidate. 
MS Candidate: Type 4
Candidates passing HSC or passing diploma in Engineering or Technology or Pharmacy and also Qualifying Examination from a recognised institution located in a disputed Maharashtra-Karnataka Border area or from Maharashtra, residing in the disputed Maharashtra Karnataka Border area and whose mother tongue is Marathi.
Additional Information Regarding MAH-CET Eligibility
  1. 15% seat allocation is available for All India candidates appearing in MAH-CET exam. These candidates are also offered admission on the basis of their scores in All India MBA entrance exams like CAT (conducted by IIMs)/ XAT (conducted by XLRI)/ CMAT (conducted by AICTE), MAT (conducted by AIMA), ATMA (conducted by AIMS).
  2. Candidate must mention the category they belong to during the process of filling the MAH-CET 2025 application form. Additionally, proof must be submitted as well.
  3. The candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC and SBC categories should produce “Caste Validity Certificate” issued by Scrutiny Committee of Social Welfare Department and the candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribes (ST) category should submit “Tribe Validity Certificate” issued by Scrutiny Committee of Tribal Department and valid Non-Creamy Layer certificate except SC, ST candidates during the verification process.
MAH CET Eligibility Criteria for 2025 is vital for any management aspirant planning to pursue an MBA from Maharashtra. So, remember to go through it well before you apply for the exam.
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FAQs about MAH-CET Eligibility Criteria 2025
1. Can a non-Maharashtrian give MAH CET?
Yes, the non-Maharashtrian can apply and take MAH-CET. They are part of an open candidature and there is no seat reservation for them.
2. Is CET necessary for MBA?
No, it is not mandatory to take MAH-CET for MBA admission. Almost all B-schools accept national-level entrances like CAT, XAT, NMAT, MAT, etc. However, if you are a Maharastra state candidate, having an MAH-CET score will increase your chances of admission.
3. What is the difference between MAH CET and CAT?
CAT is a national-level entrance test, conducted by IIMs, and accepted by 1000+ B-schools of India. On the other hand, MAH-CET is a State-level entrance test, held specifically for admission to the affiliated colleges of Maharastra. Further, CAT is more difficult than MAH-CET.
4. What is the passing marks of MBA CET?
There are no such qualifying marks for MAH CET. Different B-schools set different cut-offs for admissions. The best colleges have a cut-off of 99+ percentile, while the lowest cut-off may be around 60-65 percentile.
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